Forest Service update on Rainbow Family Gathering

Here’s an update on the Rainbow Family Gathering on the Plumas National Forest released yesterday, Sunday June 30.

As of Sunday, June 30, the Forest estimated the attendance at the second location at 430 individuals.

For public safety, the Plumas National Forest has issued a Forest Order restricting the speed limit on Forest Road 28N01 to 15 miles per hour from where Forest Road 28N01 intersects with Forest Road 26N70 to where Forest Roads 28N01 intersects with 25N31 starting tomorrow due to a large gathering taking place in the vicinity.

On Saturday, the Forest Service became aware that the Unauthorized Noncommercial Group Use Incident (Rainbow Family Gathering) that was occurring in the Indian Creek Headwaters area on the Mount Hough Ranger District largely moved to a new location near the intersection of Forest Road 28N01 and 26N70 on the Beckwourth Ranger District approximately 12 miles north of Beckwourth, California.

Currently, the group does not have, nor have they applied for, a special use permit for noncommercial group use that is required for any event with more than 75 people, and is in violation of Title 36 in the Code of Federal Regulations.

“Currently, the Forest Service is in discussions with the Rainbow Family of Living Light to obtain a special use permit for noncommercial group use,” said Plumas National Forest Supervisor Chris Carlton.

Forest Service regulations require that all noncommercial group use, defined as activities that have no entry or participation fee charged nor the primary purpose being the sale of a good or service and activities, being conducted on National Forest System lands that involves 75 or more people, be authorized by the Forest Service through a special use permit for noncommercial group use (36 CFR 251.54).

Forest Order 05-11-01-24-01 will be in place through July 15 or until Forest leadership determines they can be lifted, whichever occurs first.

Visit the Plumas National Forest’s website at to view the Forest Orders and accompanying maps.

For more information about the Unauthorized Noncommercial Group Use Incident,

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